Berlin, Germany, November 26, 2012 – Dr. Alexandros Charalambides’ idea, ENERMAP, an online map that displays energy consumption of buildings in Europe and attempts to alter consumer behaviour by “putting energy in the ratings”, took the first prize of €95,000 and 18 months of incubation space in a European entrepreneurship contest open to ideas that boost energy awareness and ultimately save consumers money on energy bills through a behavioural change.
The Cypriot born idea was voted first out of 55 others, ten of which were invited to Berlin for a weekend of intense workshops to improve their ideas, develop them into attractive business opportunities and prepare a pitch to a jury of academics and energy experts. The event, aptly called “Open Innovation Slam” was organised by Climate-KIC, a non-profit organization funded by academic and private sector partners, the European Commission and a grant from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
The team from Cyprus consisted of Dr. Alexandros Charalambides, Lecturer at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), a Mechanical Engineer and also the originator of ENERMAP, Mr. Paris Thomas, Communication Consultant at Open Box Communication and CUT associate, who provided pitch coaching and guidance to the whole team, and Mr. Jânio Tjoe-Awie of Nieuwland Geo-Informatie, a mapping and Geographical Information Systems consultant from Holland.
“I am thrilled that after two years of working on prototypes and receiving letters of support from dozens of partners, ENERMAP has now obtained the necessary capital to give it wings to fly”, says Dr. Charalambides. “It is in our best interest to save energy, and I believe that ENERMAP is exactly the tool that we’ve been missing in order to take energy saving to a mainstream level”, he added.
The idea of ENERMAP extends much beyond a simple to use map illustrating the energy rating and consumption statistics of buildings. “At its core, ENERMAP is a branding initiative that will revolutionize the way we all select which businesses to support and make our decisions in-part based on the willingness of these businesses to include the environment in their priorities by achieving an “A” energy rating for their buildings” says Thomas, who was instrumental at coaching the team for the presentation to the jury.
The award winning idea was also presented last year at the inaugural gathering of TEDxNicosia, and was selected based on its innovativeness, creativity, and its ability to help consumers reduce their energy consumption. ENERMAP is supported by the Cyprus University of Technology that supports Dr. Charalambides’ efforts to place Cyprus on the forefront of environmental technological innovation.
Visit the alpha version of the ENERMAP website